Kantipur and Maoist Agreement

The management of Kantipur Publications and the leadership of Maoist’s trade union today morning reached an agreement to end the current impasse and solve the problem via talks on Monday. In a meeting that was attended by Maoist Chairman Prachanda, senior Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and senior Kantipur/Kathmandu Post editors, Kantipur Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya and Chairman of the Maoist’s All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF) Shalik Ram Jamkattel signed on an agreement paper. The Kantipur management agreed to withdraw case against those who were involved in vandalizing office and the printing press and take back the decision to expel those staffs. The Maoists agreed to take back all the protest programs against Kantipur Publications and disruption of circulation of Kantipur and the Kathmandu Post. Both sides agreed to hold talks on Monday to sort out internal conflict between the Management and the workers. Agitating workers were seen gathering in the Kantipur Complex and putting the banner (demanding release of their colleagues) back on the main gate. Meanwhile, the delivery boys didn’t take the papers to many of the subscribers’ homes this morning.